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Check . . . And Let Me Know


Published ca. 1962


Goof on the process of industrial filmmaking.


Run time 10:28
Producer Calvin Workshop
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, C

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Reviewer: Time Travelin Mike - - April 20, 2010
Subject: Office Humor!!
This little 60's film has some really GOOD office humor in it that is still funny today. Share it with your co-workers!
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - November 4, 2004
Subject: I'll Get Back to You on That
The president of the Snodgrass Company meets a salesman from an industrial film company on a business trip and gets all hopped up about making an industrial film. So he puts the wheels into motion by telling his vice president about it and asking him to do some research on the cost. This order gets passed around from employee to employee, changing in the process like a game of Telephone, until it metamorphoses into an order for 5000 toasters and the fact that a great industrial film can be made for only $5000. The salesman must bear the brunt of this, because the guy from Snodgrass who calls him insists that the $5000 was his (the salesmans) bid. This is sort of like a 50s version of Dilbert, which makes it amusing, though its hard to figure out who this was made for. The film company that made it obviously has a poor opinion of its customers, but no advice is given for how to handle such a screwed-up situation. This makes it a great weird piece of ephemera, giving us a glimpse into what it was probably really like in the corporate offices of that time. Of course, Calvin, the company that made it, revealed in Calvin Workshop that its films were made by chimps, so maybe they could make a film for under $5000. So whats the salesmans problem? On the other hand, the employees of the Snodgrass Company make the chimps look pretty smart.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: def - - September 16, 2004
Subject: 1 joke, 10 minutes
This movie only has one joke of Chinese telephone, repeated over and over. Really nothing here about the process of industrial filmmaking either, just a looong gag about the bureaucracy behind fundig and bidding on projects.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - March 6, 2003
Subject: Sort of cute
This is a film about the process of telling one person one thing, and having that thing change as the person tells another and so on and so on etc. The big boss is curious about the costs of making a movie, just like the one he heard about with the electric pancake turner. Theinfo request is passed down from minion to minion, until the original request becomes a request to send out 500 toasters for Xmas gifts. Only so much you can do with this concept. So they do the concept again. And again. What amusement!
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